Upcoming Events And Past Involvement In Our Communities
Upcoming Events And Past Involvement In Our Communities
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Western State Bank Marking 50 Years With A Summer Of Events And Giveaways

We’re celebrating our 50th anniversary, and the public is invited to join in the fun! To commemorate the year it all began, we’re giving away a 1973 Mercury Cougar convertible and planning a summer full of community celebrations.

Visit our 50th anniversary webpage for details on how to enter the giveaway, and to view a calendar of upcoming events.

Thank you to our customers and each of our banking center communities for all your support over the past 50 years!

No purchase necessary. Do not have to be a WSB customer to enter. View rules and eligibility our website.
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WSB & American Implement Announce 2023 Ag Future Scholarship Recipients
Together with American Implement, we are pleased to announce the winners of the 2023 Ag Future Scholarship Program.

The Ag Future Scholarship Program provides a total of 10, $1,000 scholarships to high school seniors who intend to pursue an Ag-related program or degree at a university, community college or technical school.

Applicants from 18 western Kansas counties applied, and the following students were chosen as recipients:

Baylee Hutcheson, Garden City High School; Bryson Stejskal, Ulysses High School; Carissa Sohm, Rolla High School; Courtney Clinesmith (of Cimarron), Kansas State University; Dalton Winfrey, South Gray High School; Harrison Bhend, Goodland Junior/Senior High; Jaydon Hahn, Hodgeman County High School; Kyle Doll (of Garden City), Kansas State University; Mackenzie Birney (of Bucklin), Kansas State University; and Trevor Kaiser, Quinter High School.

To qualify for the scholarship, students were required to have a minimum of a 3.0 grade point average, reside in a qualifying western Kansas or eastern Colorado county, and plan to pursue an Ag-related program. Additional factors such as grades, letters of recommendation, community involvement and participation in extracurricular activities were also considered. 

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WSB & American Implement announce annual Ag Future Scholarship Program
We're excited to embark on year three of partnering with our friends at American Implement offer scholarships to local Ag students.
The Ag Future Scholarship Program is open to graduating high school seniors and/or continuing college students who are pursuing a future in the Ag industry.
Learn more and apply by March 31, 2023.
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Garden City team provides Christmas gifts to local foster children
Our Garden City team once again signed up to act as Secret Santas, providing gifts to local foster children through Spirit of the Plains, CASA. We are grateful for the opportunity to bring Christmas joy to such deserving children.
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WSB announces Coin Challenge winners

Western State Bank recently challenged students in surrounding communities to compete in our first ever Coin Challenge. 

Per the Challenge, participating schools competed against other schools in their area to raise the highest amount of money in coins.
All schools exchanged their coins at Western State Bank, and kept 100% of the funds raised.
WSB also agreed to award winning schools in each area with a match of up to $300, and a donut party for the winning grade level in each school.
 
Winners are as follows:
  • Garden City: St. Dominic Elementary. Total Coins Collected: $2,505.83
  • Colby: Colby Grade School. Total Coins Collected: $1,699.42
  • Goodland: North Elementary. Total coins collected: $1,664.99.
Thanks to the efforts of students in each of these communities, more than $13,000 went back to western Kansas schools.
 
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Colby team serves at the Sunflower Festival's popular BrewFest
Our Colby team enjoyed serving drinks at BrewFest during last weekend's Sunflower Festival in Colby. We are proud to sponsor this exciting annual event.
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USD 297 district teachers receive gift cards from Western State Bank
Our St. Francis team surprised every teacher in the district with a $25 Amazon gift card to kick off the school year. We're beyond appreciative of our teachers and important work they do to educate and help shape the children in our communities.
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Western State Bank announces substitute teaching program to benefit employees, USD 457

Persistent staffing shortages are affecting school districts across the nation, often leading teachers to feel burned out and students at risk of missed learning opportunities. To help address this challenge, Western State Bank in Garden City recently announced a substitute teaching program that will benefit its employees and the local school district.

Through the program, Western State Bank will pay for employees to become certified as substitute teachers, and award additional paid-time-off (PTO) days allowing employees to participate in the program without cutting into their existing PTO.

“Our children and our future workforce are directly affected by the staffing shortage,” Western State Bank President Tyler Whitham said. “The district is working hard to find creative solutions. If we can assist by simply ensuring there are additional responsible, caring adults present to help educate these children and to allow teachers to take much-needed time off, then that’s what we’d like to do.”

As USD 457 kicks off the 2022-2023 school year, the district continues to face multiple teacher vacancies, many of which are being filled by long-term substitutes. According to USD 457 Human Resources Director Dr. Joe Alcorta, this leaves the district with a challenging substitute teacher shortage.

“Generally, educators don’t want to have to take time off,” USD 457 Superintendent Dr. Mike Dominguez said. “But life happens, and we hope to support our teachers by putting this in place. We are very, very humbled that Western State Bank would approach us with this possibility. We’re excited, and we know it’s going to work. We hope other businesses choose to get involved.”

More than half of Western State Bank’s 120 employees work at the bank’s headquarters in Garden City. Many are in non-customer-facing office positions, allowing for more flexibility with work schedules.

“We see this as a benefit to both the school district and our employees,” Western State Bank Human Resources Manager Allie Medina said. “We already have a generous PTO allowance and multiple bank holidays when school is still in session. Now employees have the chance to bring in additional income on their days off, and spend more time with their children if they choose to sub in their classrooms.”

Western State Bank will assist employees with the certification process through an on-site event scheduled for Monday, Aug. 29. The Garden City Police Department and St. Catherine Hospital staff will be in attendance to conduct fingerprinting and TB skin test reading. 

Whitham said that he hopes to share what they’ve learned about the certification process and provide consultation on how the program could be implemented in other organizations.

“We just hope that our program will inspire other businesses and organizations to follow suit,” Whitham said. “We believe this is a challenge our community has the power and resources to help address.”

For more information about Western State Bank’s substitute teaching program, contact Western State Bank Public Relations and Marketing Director Sarah Waller at swaller@wsbks.com. For more information on substitute teaching certification, visit gckschools.com or contact Lisa Sander at lsander@gckschools.com.

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Dodge City team provides new district teachers with classroom supplies
Our Dodge City banking center team surprised new Dodge City Public Schools teachers with backpacks full of teacher supplies to kick off their first school year.
Best wishes to all the educators out there who are gearing up for a busy school year. We appreciate all you do!
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Western State Bank Sponsors Inaugural Builders Golf Tournament
We were proud to act as Presenting Sponsor for the Southwest Kansas Builders Association's Inaugural Builders Golf Tournament at Southwind Country Club. Golfers enjoyed complimentary cigars from the WSB Stogie Stop.
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